Land of Orchids…
Situated in the northeastern part of India, Sikkim is a special place, tiny on the Himalayan scale, but indisputably beautiful – sub tropical forests, fast flowing rivers and cardamom fields framed in an abundance of Rhododendron and with the 3rd highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga, dominating from every corner. Sikkim is also a land of spirituality with several major monasteries where monks practice the ancient rituals of Tantric Buddhism.
This tiny kingdom remained independent until 1975 when it became the 22nd state of India. The Lepchas, a tribal people thought to have migrated from Assam in the 13th centaury, originally populated Sikkim. With the migration of the Tibetans to Sikkim in the 17th centaury, the Lepchas were forced to move to more remote regions. Today Lepchas, Tibetans and Nepalese inhabit Sikkim